Monique Santander was born in Chile, in the shadows of the Andes mountains. She came to New York City in 1979 in order to pursue her creative dreams. She has extensive background in textile print design. Her prints have been used in fashion and design for clothing, furniture and household decor. Her abstract art is known internationally for its expression in color, form and movement. Monique’s art has been shown in Chile, Germany, Mexico, Greece, Canada and the US, including Manhattan, the Hampton’s, Miami and San Diego. Currently, her work is exhibited in galleries, corporates offices, and homes worldwide. Ms Santander’s paintings have also been featured in art magazines. She paints intuitively and spontaneously, arranging layers of colors, textures and designs that reflect her spiritual and emotional life. She draw her inspiration from a spiritual pull that can be described as trance- like. She prefers to work in abstract, unreal forms rather than pure figurative representation of reality, since it more closely reflects her interior imagining and visions.